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Second 'Slender Man' Attempted Murderer Pleads Insanity

If you've been following the Slender Man story, both teenagers involved in the attempted murder of Payton Leutner have now pled not guilty by reason of insanity. Based on what has been reported about the attempted murder, that sounds about right as no rational explanation exists for the horrifying actions.

Payton Leutner was invited to a sleepover at a classmate's house along with one other classmate. The following day, while out in a park, the two other girls, then only 12 years old, attacked, stabbed, and attempted to murder Leutner. Fortunately, she was able to escape, and she has now recovered from her physical injuries.

Imagine a Venn diagram with overlapping circles of hacking, sexual harassment, and extortion -- that's 'sextortion,' a crime whereby a person threatens to distribute someone's private and sensitive information if they don't provide images of a sexual nature, sexual favors, or money. And while this may seem like a rare crime that only targets certain individuals, the FBI has indicated that sextortion incidents have been on the rise.

So how does sextortion work, exactly, and how can you protect yourself?

In the face of recent police shootings, almost everyone has an opinion. And while the First Amendment protects your right to say most things, even critiques of the police, freedom of speech does have its limits.

Those limits have been tested by some social media posts -- and the subsequent arrest of posters -- following the sniper attack that targeted police in Dallas. So what can you say about the cops on social media before they start knocking on your front door?

When the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a decision this week saying that logging onto a computer network with someone else's credentials constituted criminal hacking under federal law, a wave of panic rippled through the Netflix and chill community. After all, some of us -- and we're not naming names -- are treating a friend's username and password like a free all you can eat buffet, and we don't want the feds kicking in the door in the middle of season three of "Orange Is the New Black."

So is the end of shared streaming access? Are you going to get locked up for logging into HBOGo on mom's account? Probably not, but there are reasons to be careful.

3 Online Crimes That Can Land You in Prison

The web can feel like a world that is separate from real life, but electronic activity can have serious consequences, like landing you in jail or prison. You may rely on anonymity and hide behind avatars and accounts unassociated with you, but things you do online can be traced back to you and charged as a crime. If you're convicted, your cell will be hell -- very real, very small, very crowded and smelly -- and you'll have limited access to the web. So, here are three crimes not to commit online.

Another day, another hack. And while the target might not be as well-known as Sony or Anthem Blue Cross, the VerticalScope hack could have exposed personal information for an estimated 45 million users on 1,100 online forums.

What does this mean for the users involved, for VerticalScope, and the hackers? Let's take a look.

For some, the internet is a venue for people to air the thoughts they would never publicly say in real life. Others see social media as an escape from the bigotry they face on a day-to-day basis. Balancing the free speech interests of some with the safe space interests of others is often an impossible task.

But the European Commission thinks it has an answer. The EU announced it is working with Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, among others, to create a code of conduct for social media posting in an effort to curb online hate speech in Europe. Europe has very different free speech protections than the United States, so could a similar ban on hate speech work in America?

Yes. Probably not. Maybe. Odds aren't good. In your case? Who knows? I'd say there's a 50-50 chance. Wanna bet?

As with most legal questions, whether you'll do hard time for playing a little online poker or daily fantasy sports will depend on a variety of factors, not the least of which is what state you live. Here's a quick look at federal and state online gambling laws, as well as which bets are (legally) safe to place.

We're all on the Internet now, which means criminals are, too. And some unwitting Internet users can become criminals if they're not careful.

In many ways, law enforcement and the general public are still figuring out how to best utilize the Internet, what's out there, and what constitutes criminal behavior online. So here are some of the biggest Internet crime questions facing cops, hackers, and the rest of us:

As we have explained here before: Facebook threats can get you arrested; Twitter threats can get you arrested; and even one-word text threats can get you arrested. So as teens abandon these modes of communication in favor of the image messaging app Snapchat, it's probably a good idea to let them know that yes, Snapchat threats can get your arrested.

Modesto, California police arrested two California high school students after they posted a video on Snapchat, aimed at a black classmate, complete with noose, the words "You must die motherf***er," and an image of a gun being fired at the viewer. Here's what the students are charged with: